Whether it is AYSO Soccer or Little League Baseball, the first lesson we are all taught is to be a Good Sport. This means shaking hands after a game, playing by the rules, and congratulating the other team for their good effort. Why? Because nobody wants to play with a poor sport.
The same goes for combative sports. Touching gloves begins a fight. It is your way as the fighter to tell all who are watching that it is an honor to be there and it tells your opponent that you are ready to begin.
If you truly love the sport and truly love competing, you put in the effort for months and months or sometimes years ahead of time. You watch videos of your opponent’s style, you have a coaching team that helps you understand each competitor’s holes in their game, and you make sure that your body is in such amazing shape that you don’t gas out. Yes, most of this is so that you will win, but in the art of fighting, it’s also to show your opponent that you believe in them and respect their hard work to get where they are.
Watching the fight on Saturday between Ronda Rousey and Holly Holm, I thought about the fact that Ronda didn’t touch gloves with Holly. Not for the reason that Holm would be effected by it, because she clearly wasn’t…in fact, it seemed Ronda needed to do that more to convince herself that she had effectively intimidated her opponent–which clearly she had not…
No, rather, the reason I couldn’t stop thinking about it is because of the respect I have for athletes and fighters. If any of you have done a sport…specifically Martial Arts or boxing, you realize the importance of your competition and the way you treat your competitor.
Ronda Rousey vs. Angelina Jolie…According to Hollywood, Jolie would win!?!
We all know that there is no way in hell Angelina (or any other actress for that matter) would be able to beat the UFC Bantom Weight World Champion, nor would they be dumb enough to challenge her. This is not a bash on Ms. Jolie as she is clearly very talented and successful. This post, however, is meant to bring to light the ridiculous casting standards that Hollywood still seems to hold, despite the recent push for women to embrace curves and strength.
Ben and I were watching an older movie the other day that, of course, had a sexy scene where two women were half naked. Don’t worry this is not to complain about the scene…that’s neither here nor there because of what actually occurred to me in that moment. I don’t know if anyone else feels this way, but I’m pretty sure beauty standards have shifted in the last few years. THANK GOD. First off, this is not to say that naturally small women are not beautiful! They are…of course, but I feel like in the last thirty or more years, women have lost their ability to remain curvy or simply a larger and stronger body without ridicule. So while naturally thin has been welcomed for many years now, naturally curvy or athletic is told to lose weight or they don’t belong.
If you don’t agree with me, that’s fine, but you might want to climb back under that rock from where you came. Take a look back at my post a couple of years ago when I was doing background work. The everyday expectation of me was to be a size zero when I will clearly never be a size zero or even a size 2, 3, or 4, for that matter.